Safety in Aviation Asia 2014
Worldwide airline fatal accidents in the first six months of 2013 maintained the all-time best figure of nine, while the number of fatalities involved has set a new low at 58. Such a short period has limited statistical significance in its own right but in comparison with the same period in each year for the last decade the trend shows established gradual improvement. The more serious accidents in the first half of the year followed an established pattern: most of these happen to small operators in developing economies.
The Lion Air crash in April was the third major aviation incident to happen in Indonesia within the span of a year. Once again, the spotlight moved to the issue of air safety in Indonesia. The country has done a great deal of work to improve the country’s safety standards but the continuing growth in Indonesia and the rest of Asia mean that authorities must prioritise a culture based on safety and put it at the heart of the industry.
Garuda Indonesia has worked with IATA and their DGCA to implement new safety best practices. In 2008, Garuda received the IATA Operations Safety Audit Certificate and in 2009, the EU removed them from the EU blacklist of operators together with Mandala Airlines, Airfast Indonesia and Premiair.
A senior executive at Garuda this year has spoken publicly about their commitment to building a safe culture and the work they have to done to decrease the number of incidents for the airline. Philippine Airlines were removed from the EU blacklist of banned operators in July this year and later announced they will be flying to London from November after fifteen years of being banned from the EU.
It is evident that airlines in the Asia Pacific region are taking great strides toward an implemented safety culture and are displaying an on-going commitment to improvement but as growth continues, safety must be maintained.
In the last two years, Flightglobal’s Safety in Aviation Asia agenda has boasted speakers from CAAS, AAPA, IATA, Malaysia Airlines, EVA Airways, Air Asia, Singapore Airlines, Germanwings, Jetstar, Cathay Pacific, CASA PNG, Philippine Airlines, CASA Australia and Garuda Indonesia as key industry insiders in the region have gathered together to debate best practice and new safety strategies. Please see the program for more details of the exceptional, industry led sessions in 2014 and who is already confirmed to speak. Attend to share, learn, explore, debate and improve in 2014 and beyond.